We've got your back: Ergon prepares for more wild weather

Published: 25 Jan 2019 2:53pm

Ergon Energy is well prepared to support customers and communities affected by severe weather as the risk of a tropical cyclone forming in the Gulf of Carpentaria remains high.

Far North Area Manager Charlie Casa is reminding people to listen to weather warnings, secure any loose outdoor items that could become projectiles and plan for power interruptions.

“By this stage of storm season everyone should have their house in order, especially after recent cyclones, storms and floods, but if you haven’t cleaned up your backyard and re-stocked your storm kit now is the time,” he said.

After the storm, fallen powerlines are a life-threatening hazard which can be hidden amongst fallen tree branches and other debris.

“Please stay well clear of fallen powerlines, treat them as though they are live, warn others in the area and call 000 to report them.

“We urge everyone to take care and stay line aware, particularly during storm season when the risk of fallen powerlines increases.”

Mr Casa said communities should feel reassured by Ergon’s efficient response to recent severe weather events.

“We want everyone to know we’ve got their back no matter where they live in Queensland.

“While remote communities may not be accessible by road in the wet season, as soon as we have clear access and it is safe to fly and land in the community, our crews will be there to support you.

“Our first priority is to make the area safe before repairing the network and restoring the electricity supply as soon as practically possible,” he said.

Mr Casa said the unpredictable nature of tropical cyclones means that Ergon is always prepared for a range of scenarios.

“We have crews, generation, vehicles and equipment on standby in strategic locations to ensure we are ready to respond when and where we are required,” he said.

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